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Voice onset contrast in Naxi

Abstract : It has been claimed that Naxi has a four-way voice onset time (VOT) contrast within the stops and affricates. For example, within the set of bilabials Naxi is said phonemically to have the four segments: /pʰ/, /p/, /b/, and /mb/. The voiceless aspirated, voiceless, and voiced distinctions in Naxi are unquestioned. The voiced and pre-nasalized voiced distinction is what this study examines. In this paper we present evidence indicating that the distinction between the voiced set (e.g. /b/) and the pre-nasalized voiced set (e.g. /mb/) does exist for some speakers of Naxi but does not exist for other speakers.
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Thomas Pinson, Zhao Qinglian. Voice onset contrast in Naxi. 34th International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics, Yunnan Institute for Nationalities, Kunming and Nankai University, Tianjin, Oct 2001, Kunming, China. ⟨halshs-02123969⟩

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